Wake up to hot water and Lemon
Magic, magic, magic. Wake up your digestive system, continue your body's nightly detox for another half hour and start yourself on a good note :)
It's always good to have lemons in the house. They are great for salad dressings, your new morning beverage, chucking into juices and even cleaning! Woot.
Make the MAJORITY of your diet fresh FRUITS and VEGGIES.
I don’t know how boring this sounds to you, but please trust me.
There is nothing more frustrating than a vegetarian who doesn’t eat vegetables. If you cut things out of your diet, like say… meat and dairy…. You need to REPLACE it with other GOOD foods. These other foods should be of optimum nutrition and: guess what? That comes best in fresh, unadulterated packages.
If you can develop a love for Fruits and Vegetables, you will be a glowing, shining, healthy ninja in no time. And honestly: it isn't that hard. There are so many different kinds of fruits out there and a million different kinds of vegetables and a zillion things you can do with them. Get adventurous!
Easiest option: chuck a heap in the oven with some yummy herbs to devour.
Enjoy time in your kitchen
Google some recipes! Get experimenting! Fall in love with your kitchen. If you love food and develop a passion for creating lovely recipes it will be so much easier to enjoy food and want to put quality things in.
It's also generally healthier to prepare meals yourself rather than eating out lots :) You know exactly what is going into your food, know where it has come from and it'll save you a few bucks too!
Sleep, Sugar, Water.
This is a slogan from one of my favorites: Durianrider. He always says “sleep, sugar, water!” and it’s so simple, yet so brilliant.
When I (finally) got these three fundamentals in place, it made a quick and remarkable difference.
Sleep: seriously just try for the eight hours. It may sound impossible, but try. You will feel like a different person.
Sugar? Get your fruits in. Get it out of the way first thing. Make fruit your breakfast and snacks… just get it in. Fruit is natures perfect food and it delivers your body so much goodness. Get it in. There is your energy!
Water? Guzzle it down like soda. Flood your body with it. Make sure your urine is clear… that’s how you know you’re getting enough. If your urine is yellow: guess what? You ain’t hydrated. Uh huh… that’s how many people in this world don’t drink enough water.
Make your Salads ENORMOUS
Guess what? Vegetables are ridiculously low in calories. IF you are eating a salad…. EAT AN ENORMOUS SALAD. If you are eating a salad that is primarily grains, beans, nuts or oils: you don’t need to go overboard, but if it’s mostly all vegetables then load up! Load up with an abundance of raw or cooked veggies and you can have fun with additions and dressings.
My lemon tahini dressing is a favorite with people and will add some energy to your veggies… avocado is a good choice too or just some nice steamed/roasted root vegetables. Mmmm.
Other good "toppers": olives, sun-dried tomatoes, different seeds, blended dressings, chopped basil, a squeeze of fresh lemon.... YUM YUM YUM.
Try not to O.D on OILS
This may be controversial and please don’t get me wrong: I’m not “anti-oil”, BUT I have noticed that people use a lot of the stuff, especially when they go vegan and can’t use butter anymore. I only recommend things that work for me and I did notice a change in my energy and weight when I cut down on oils.
Even though oil is fine in small doses, it is incredibly high in calories and is ultimately a refined substance that doesn't really mimic anything in nature. Have some if you want, but I wouldn't recommend making it a staple in your diet.
Here is a little insert from Dr Douglas Graham who is the father of the "High Carb, Low fat" movement that I must confess, I do subscribe to. It's okay if you don't! We are all friends here :)
"Because they are refined from their original state, oils are no longer safe to ingest into the body. In their concentrated forms, they are pure fat and large amounts of that fat will be directly absorbed into the bloodstream, adversely affecting the blood viscosity (thickness) and the blood chemistry. However, eating some fresh olives, coconut flesh, or sunflower seeds, in moderation, is not bad for you. These whole foods assuredly contain plenty of fat but it is in a form that is combined with all the essential nutrients designed by nature to accompany that fat."
Do some Googling for yourself to see what you think, but after lots of research I've noticed that some of my most trusted health gurus aren't that fond of oil, so I'm wary. I use Grape seed oil for roasting veggies and I use olive oil cold :) I also put Coconut oil on my eyes at night, use it as a make-up remover and to replace eggs when I'm baking!
If you're hungry: EAT.
If you’ve gone vegan in a healthy way and are eating primarily wholefoods (fruits, veggies, nuts, grains and seeds), guess what? You are going to get hungry a lot more often because plant foods digest very quickly.
Don’t let this freak you out: if you get hungry: EAT. For the love of god. Don’t doubt your body and it’s brilliant wants and needs. Be logical and smart: eat a wonderful varied diet, whatever you're craving, with a focus on wholefoods and eat until you are satisfied. As long as you don’t eat vegan cupcakes every time you are hungry, you’ll be fine :)
Trust your choice. Be excited.
Why are you vegan? Honestly? Why are you doing this? If you are 100% committed and resolved in this choice, then you shouldn’t spend heaps of time questioning it. Don’t waste your brain power on doubt and questioning… if you believe this is the right diet for you, you will make it work.
This is a wonderful, abundant and healthy way to live. If you embrace 100%, I have no doubt you'll be filled with positivity, health and happiness! Try and be as involved and knowledgeable as you can about why veganism rocks. The more information in your head, about ethics and vitamins and all the rest, the more you will trust your decision and be a walking talking example of why we don't need animal products!
I have more tips here on my page: Going Vegan :)
Happy New Year everyone. Kale Up (as my Mum now says...)
So, I'm home in Australia for Christmas... and suddenly am reminded why I found it so easy to eat healthy living here.....
My first wander around a real Australian food market and I was ready to move back home.
In England, you shop in supermarkets... sometimes there are markets and I know there are more further out of the city, but most of my shopping days are indoors, wrapped in coats and faced with produce that looks about as exciting as wet paint.
It doesn't inspire you to go home and make epic salads. When I make giant salads in Manchester, I do it because I know I should. It's kind of an effort.
How could you NOT want to eat a bounty of fruits and vegetables when faced with sights like this?
Look at this Aubergine?! (In Aussie...it's an Eggplant) Also - check out the sun beaming onto my arm!
I have no grand plan for this blog post except to inspire you with photos of amazing produce.
If you live somewhere, ANYWHERE with access to foods like this, how can you not soak up every morsel of it? How can you not want to eat amazing fruits and vegetables?! There are just too many of them to be bored of and so many meal possibilities :)
In Manchester, I honestly have tried. I signed up for organic weekly food delivery and the quantity just is not worth the effort. You get a box of deliciousness, but with the amount I eat, it doesn't last the week....(or even a few days!) When you eat fruits and vegetables three meals a day - you need a lot of produce! This is why when I'm in England, I live on sweet potato, bananas and porridge! They are cheap staples that are good all year around, accessable and still are going to keep me relatively healthy. Organic fruits and vegetables in Manchester I've only found in giant chain stores and even then just aren't up to scratch.
TIME FOR MORE AUSSIE PHOTOS!!
See those bananas? AMAZING... Those are RIPE people! See those Mangos?!
I'm not pretending it's cheap... it isn't! I bought two mangoes to munch on while dancing around the market and it cost me eight dollars! Yep. Not cheap. BUT... I am someone who is happy to spend my money on good food. I don't drink alcohol and I don't smoke
After a shopping day like that, it's zero effort to eat a breakfast like this the next morning:
I simply want to flood myself with all this food and make the most of it. How could you be tempted to eat something greasy or disgusting?
The hot weather also has a huge impact... when the sun is shining its goodness on you non-stop, you want cold, juicy foods. In the UK, I can't pretend I'm craving fruit a lot, you usually crave stodgy, hot foods.... damn you weather!
What I've been eating....
In Australia, every cafe you sit at will have an Avocado on Toast option. This BAFFLES me about the UK. How can you not have discovered this yet? It's so simple and so delicous. Yes, maybe it's suited to hot weather, but personally... I can eat it anytime!
I rustled up myself and Mum some salads/lunch boxes to take walking. Look at this incredible produce that takes "organic" to the next level. All cucumber and salad leaves provided by the incredible Jenna Koda and her veggie garden!
A container of the above salad with some added beetroot and roasted almonds.
Simple bruschetta to utilise the gorgeous sourdough in the cupboard! Hummus topped with caramelised onion and pine nuts. Yes, it was as good as it looks :)
The hummus I made a little differently, improvising with what was in Mummy's bountiful pantry! I used a can of chick-peas, 3 tablespoons of tahini, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, 1 sprig of rosemary, sea salt, pepper, juice of 1 lemon and a dash of water to thin out. It was amazing!
Now - I'm off to soak up the sun and try tan....
Thank you Australia.... I am loving being home for these (very brief) two weeks.... I will try and flood this blog with as much inspirational food pictures as possible! It's a hard life, hey.
Then guys, sorry... back to sweet potato and porridge. But I love that too!
EAT YOUR FRUITS :)
I can hear your cynicism....what makes this salad "super"? Well, just calm down and I'll tell you.
Firstly, it's delicious. Always a plus. Secondly it's fast and easy to make. Thirdly, it has a few secret touches that make people go: "oh, this is not JUST a salad, this is bloody delicious and I can't figure out EXACTLY what you did to make that taste so damn good."
I love having a salad like this on the table when guests are over as a nice accompaniment to the main meal. It goes with anything and is SO GOOD FOR YOU.
Or, you can just eat it as your dinner. Either way, you're a superhero. Eating a super salad. Sound good?
(Enough for a giant serving and leftovers!)
1 tin Drained chick-peas
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup Almonds
1 head Romaine Lettuce
4 ripe, lovely tomatoes, chopped
1/2 a Cucumber, chopped into cubes
2 springs Rosemary
Begin by cooking your chick peas! This can be done either in a saucepan (carefully) or in the microwave. You can probably guess I will recommend doing it on the stove, but you need to keep a close eye on them and they don't take long. Just keep the heat low and make sure they don't boil.
Or, you can be a ninja, buy your chick peas totally dry and do the "overnight soak".
Once your chick peas are cooked, set them aside in a bowl with the olive oil, rosemary and a few pinches of sea salt.
Put your almonds in the oven on a baking tray at a medium temperature. Let them cook for around 10 - 15 minutes, or until they have a nice, toasting smell.
Now - you can prep the lovely, raw vegetables! Wash and chop up your lettuce and place it in your serving bowl. Follow with the tomatoes, cucumber and avocado.
Add the marinated chick-peas and your toasted almonds and wriggle the entire thing around so that all the ingredients are visible. Maybe make sure there's lots of yummy avocado on top ;) People love avocado.
Finish off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a final sprinkle of sea salt.
Serve and DEVOUR!
Optional: make a yummy Tahini Dressing to go with it? I don't feel this salad needs a dressing as it's already quite flavourful, but if you want to super impress some guests - mix together two tablespoons of tahini, the juice of one lemon and some water in a bowl. Mix it around consistently until it is nice and smooth :)
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